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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is Agnes von Kurowsky?
(a) The public relations rep for a publishing company
(b) The nurse with whom Hemingway has an affair
(c) The wife of Hemingway's sergeant
(d) Hemingway's editor

2. Why are Nick and Marjorie together on this night?
(a) To go skinny dipping
(b) To elope
(c) To set night lines for trout
(d) To go to a dance

3. What is the soldier in the Memoir for Chapter 7 doing?
(a) Praying in a trench
(b) Smoking a cigarette
(c) Writing a letter
(d) Cleaning his gun

4. What is the location of the Memoir for Chapter 3?
(a) South Africa
(b) Germany
(c) Wisconsin
(d) France

5. What is the narrator doing in the Memoir?
(a) He is writing restaurant reviews
(b) He is with his combat unit
(c) He is on vacation
(d) He is visiting relatives

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Nick do when he learns that his mother wants to see him?

2. What profession does Nick's father have?

3. Who is the unnamed narrator of the story?

4. What does Nick do at sunrise the next morning?

5. What does Ad ask Nick to give him?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the main themes of the story which will become important throughout the entire book?

2. Explain how the young matador shows disrespect to the older matadors.

3. Why is Krebs short-tempered with his mother and her plans for his new life?

4. What is the topic of the Memoir for Chapter 1?

5. In the Story of Chapter 8, another Hungarian man is introduced as the main character. Describe his situation.

6. How do Nick's war wound and recovery experience mirror Hemingway's own life?

7. Explain the significance of the saying, "There are no atheists in foxholes" as it relates to the Memoir for Chapter 7.

8. Why does Hemingway insert the sullen waitress at the inn?

9. Describe how Hemingway's writing style captures the drama and bravado of Villalta, a very successful matador.

10. Why did the narrator make the point about the robbers being Hungarian--what is the irony in doing that?

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